Category Archives for Politics

Narcissism of Small Differences

This is a concept first postulated by Sigmund Freud in 1917 and popularized by Christopher Hitchens in his National Post article. 

The crux of the thesis states that communities and people who live close to one another are likely to engage in conflict over minor differences, rather than any large disagreements. In his 2010 article, Christopher Hitchens used the thesis as a framework to discuss ethno-national conflict, such as the conflict between Uzbeks and Kyrgyz in Kyrgyzstan.

The concept was talked about in episode 61 of the Making Sense podcast featuring Lawrence Wright.

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Tara Ross on the Dangers of Abolishing the Electoral College

Tara Ross is an expert on the electoral college and the author of several books on the subject such as The Indispensable Electoral College: How The Founders' Plan Saves Our Country from Mob RuleWe Elect Our President: The Story of Our Electoral College, and Enlightened Democracy: The Case for the Electoral College. She sent out a tweet storm today in response to many Democrat presidential candidates calling for abolishing of the electoral college. The following is her tweet storm. I've made some minor edits to the syntax of the 18 tweets but the substance of it is remains intact.

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Fareed Zakaria Compares Current State Of American Politics To Sunnis and Shiites

In episode 83 of Sam Harris' Making Sense (formerly Waking Up) podcast, Fareed Zakaria makes a good analogy between today's polarizing politics of America to that of Sunnis and Shiites. Of course he did not mean it literally. He means to say that our politics today is based on which side we identify with, rather than deriving our stances on issues based on reason and debate. He made this point after he said how he thought Trump's plan to privatize the FAA might be a good idea, but it was dead on arrival with Democrats solely because it was Trump who proposed it. The timestamp I pulled this from is between the 20 to 23 minute mark of the episode.

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